What is Montessori? 

The main idea of the Montessori Method is that every child is treated with respect, given freedom within the limits of a carefully structured environment, and allowed to develop naturally at their own pace.


When did it start?

In 1907 Maria Montessori opened her first school, Casa dei Bambini or “children House” in Rome. This was the forerunner of the Montessori School, as we know today.


What makes it different from other type of pre-school?

In Montessori schools the children follow a set programme of tasks or exercises. They learn everyday life skills such as dressing themselves, washing themselves etc. They learn social graces and manners but also cover a wide range of subjects including Mathematics, Reading and Writing, History and Geography, Science, Biology, Music, Art, Drama and Literature. Subjects may vary slightly, however small class numbers, individual attention, practical life skills and a commitment to the development of each child as an individual.


Who was Maria Montessori?

Maria Montessori (b. 1870 d. 1952) was born in Italy and trained as a doctor. She was the first woman doctor of her day. She gave up her medical practice, went back to university to study philosophy and psychology, and start working with a group of children.
Dr. Montessori’s main objective was to help children everywhere to reach their maximum learning potential, while becoming well balanced individuals able to cope with the pressures of modern day living. Montessori education provides a range of experiences which will stimulate a child’s love for learning.

 

The Montesoori method is characterised by three distinguishing factors.

1. A meticulously prepared environment, prepared to be aesthetically intriguing to the young child, calling to his or her needs to learn about, and become an independently functioning person in, his or her world.

2. The quietly-supportive role of the teacher, who makes himself or herself available to each child as needed, and presents new materials.

3. The highest degree of respect for the child.

 

Within the prepared environment, the children are presented with a variety of specially designed materials which address the particular stages of mental, physical and social development. 

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